Coding with Tynker and Ollie

The Info Lit team have acquired a fantastic new robot.

His name is Ollie.

You can use your iPhone or iPad as a remote to control Ollie or you can use an App  to program him.

Tynker App Icon

Over the weekend, I took Ollie home and worked on learning to use Tynker (free or $7.49) to program him.

I think I still have quite a bit of learning to do.





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Lord Howe Island Stick Insect

They were thought to be extinct for over 80 years… Until a handfull of these amazing stick insects were found clinging to a small bush on Balls Pyramid off Lord Howe Island. Invertebrate specialist Rohan Cleave shows us why these ‘land lobsters’ are so freaky cool, and how Melbourne Zoo saved the species from extinction.

Find out more at

In a world first, zookeeper Rohan Cleave captured the amazing hatching process of a critically endangered Lord Howe Island Stick Insect at Melbourne Zoo. The eggs incubate for over 6 months and until now the hatching process has never been witnessed. If you didn’t see it you wouldn’t believe it could fit in that egg!

Find out more at­sland-stick-insect

Lord Howe Island Stick Insects – Blog Post

  • Watch the videos and read the information on the Zoos Victoria website.
  • Write a blog post about the stick insect that includes the answers to the following questions.
    • What happened to the Lord Howe Island Stick Insects that were living in the wild on Lord Howe Island?
    • How long were they thought to be extinct?
    • Where and when were the surviving insects found?
    • How is Melbourne Zoo helping to save this critically endangered species?
    • Are there any Lord Howe Island Stick Insects (living in the wild on Lord Howe Island now?
  • Your writing should flow and make sense. It should not be a list of disconnected sentences.
  • You may include extra information that is not related to the questions BUT only include information from the Zoos Victoria website and the videos.
  • Include at least three relevant photos
  • Remember to add references for all your information and pictures.
  • Proof read your work very carefully
  • Add your name as a category for your blog post
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Bug Recipes


 Google "insect recipes" and select either "Top 11 bug recipes - Telegraph" or "20 Delicious Bug Recipes from Chefs|TIME".  Choose a recipe and post it. Include an image and your thoughts on the idea of eating insects. Make sure you reference and categorize your work. 
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Advertising Strategies

Commercial companies use a range of advertising strategies to encourage us to buy their products.

These include:

  • music,
  • colour,
  • sound,
  • science,
  • fantasy,
  • repetition,
  • promises,
  • comparisons,
  • emotional triggers,
  • quotes,
  • exaggerations,
  • humour.

In pairs, visit the MacDonald UK media channel and select one of their campaign  videos to watch.

Discuss the add with your partner.

  • What advertising device was used?
  • Who is this add aimed at?
  • Would it convince you to buy MacDonalds?
  • Would it convince other people to buy MacDonalds?
  • Is it a fair to advertise in this way?

Create a blog post, on your class blog, to discuss your findings

  • Embed your MacDonalds Video.
  • Add your text
  • Proofread
  • Add your first name as the catergory
  • Publish your post.


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Creating your Avatar

Making your Avatar:

What is an avatar you ask? Well its an image that represents you! Here are two sites you can use:

Here is a free App recommended by students in 6MK

WeeMee Free

Please create an avatar

  • Remember you don’t need to sign up. Just take a screen shot and then crop it.
  • Use WebDAV Nav+ to upload it to our school network. Save it into the folder Class/_Grade6/Your class/InfoLit/Avatars
  • Please don’t use your school photo.

If you find any other useful websites or apps could you please add a comment. ~ Thank you.

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Research Hotlists

This week we have been making Research hotlists.

We have chosen  topics of interest, located relevant websites and then created posters to assist other students with their research.

Click on the images below and then use your QR code reader to find out more about:

  • Jamie Elliot
  • Dinosaurs
  • Heidelberg Warriors United
  • Steve Motlop
  • Dance
  • Motorbikes
  • Flowers
  • Justice Crew
  • Lush
  • iPads
  • Gymnastics
  • Pennyboards
  • NASA
  • Basketball
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Wild about QR codes

Selecting a video

Creating a QR code

QR Stuff Screen Shot   Baby Elephant QR Code

Visit QR Stuff

Create a QR code for your video

Save your QR code to your camera roll

Creating an Animal Picture

Elephant 10

  • Use our Art supplies to create a 2D A4 image of your animal

Finalising your Poster

PicCollage Text Sample

  • Use PicCollage to create:
    • A text box with your name and grade
    • A text box with a phrase designed to encourage people to scan your QR code
    • Your QR code
  • Arrange your items in the same positions you intend to use them on your poster. That way you can get a good idea of the size they will print out.
  • Make sure the background of your PicCollage is white
  • Print out your PicCollage and attach the text elements
  • Back your final poster with complimentary coloured cover paper

Monkey QR

Scanning the Posters

i-nigma app icon

Use i-nigma to scan the QR codes of posters that pique your interest.


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